March 15, 2010

Summit emerges on the future of India

Diplomats, academics, journalists and leaders in business and industry will come together at Emory to discuss the emerging economy of India on Friday, March 26.

Emerging India Summit 2010 (EIS), a student-initiated conference, will explore how the next decade will be crucial for the south Asian nation as, some predict, it will move from an “outsourcing hub” to a truly “global business destination.”

“Thanks to the entrepreneurial efforts of a strong team of Emory students, several schools and units are cosponsoring the EIS, including Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Goizueta Business School, Rollins School of Public Health and The Halle Institute.  Faculty across the University are involved and we expect many members of the Atlanta-area community will also attend the fascinating panel sessions,” says Holli Semetko, vice provost for international affairs and director of The Halle Institute.

Sessions will look at India through the lens of business, both as an enterprise destination and as a partner in establishing a relationship and conducting business.

Distinguished Visiting Professor Marion Creekmore will moderate a discussion with Arun Singh, deputy chief of mission to the United States, and Goizueta’s Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, titled “India Rising: The Destination Decade.” Creekmore is former deputy chief of mission in New Delhi.

A panel on the future of the news media, a growing industry in India, will feature journalists from the Times of India, New Delhi Television, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, cosponsored by Emory’s Knowledge Futures Initiative, which focuses on the transformation of the media and information by technologies.

Another session will bring together U.S. and Indian business executives to discuss conducting commerce between the two nations. Rudy Karsan, CEO, Kenexa; George Post and Matt McGee of UPS; and C.N. Madhusudan, president, The IndUS Entrepreneurs-Atlanta, will participate. Rollins’ Usha Ramakrishnan and the School of Medicine’s Lucky Jain will explore the status of health access and a panel will discuss education.

The summit will conclude with a session on fostering bilateral relationships, with Creekmore; Gordon Streeb, deputy chief of mission to New Delhi; Anupam Srivastava, director at the Center for International Trade and Security; and Harvard Law’s Vivek Wadhwa, founder of Relativity Technologies.

Karan Kothari, a Goizueta senior who helped initiate the EIS, noted, “We plan to make the Emerging India Summit an annual event that will take place every spring.

“It is interesting to listen to perspectives and even more important to gravitate students of non-Indian origin toward understanding India from an economic, cultural, social and even a civil perspective,” he adds.

Gautam Agarwal, founder and president of the Emerging India Summit ’10 and a Goizueta senior, said part of the purpose of the EIS is to “successfully create some brand awareness in India” for Emory.

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